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Lead Story

Payments technology twists, turns, surprises

News

Industry Update

Fed puts payments in crosshairs

SEAA's welcome return to New Orleans

It's curtains for AmEx key fobs

Visa IPO largest in U.S. history

Interchange fuels ACH interest

Features

GS Advisory Board:
Payments experts weigh in on Visa's IPO - Part II

Advanced functions and the future

Tracy Kitten
ATMmarketplace.com

Views

Tick tock: Time to comply with PCI

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Education

Street SmartsSM:
A passion to share

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services

SAQ sun sets on smaller merchants

Michael Petitti
Trustwave

Make a plan to avoid failure

Jeff Fortney
Clearant LLC

Pinpointing compliance issues

David Mertz
Compliance Security Partners LLC

The pinch of PIN debit

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services

Search for talent made easier

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting Inc.

Company Profile

Greystone Business Resources Corp.

New Products

Online friend in fraud fight

CompliancePal
Company: Compliance Coach Inc.

Customer care for the little guys

StreetSmart
InfoStreet Inc.

Inspiration

Destination: Sanity

Miscellaneous

POScript

Departments

Forum

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

April 14, 2008  •  Issue 08:04:01

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Inspiration

Destination: Sanity

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
St. Augustine

The aggravations associated with airline travel can test the resolve and dampen the enthusiasm of even the hardiest ISO or merchant level salesperson (MLS). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 2007 was one of the worst years in airline travel history for flight delays, cancellations and stranded passengers.

Today's travelers have to combat 20-year-old computer systems, air traffic controllers who can't adjust to increasing capacity, understaffed carriers and more.

But traversing the country to develop strategic partnerships, follow up on leads and close deals is difficult enough without the added stressors flight problems can cause.

Tips to the wise

So, how do you evade the obstacle course that has become air travel? Here are some ways to avoid the downside of commercial aviation.

Plans for success

Some airlines are operating with crew levels that cannot meet the demand for flights.

Under such conditions, any delay can become extended and turn your business travel into nightmare travel.

And reaching your destination in an exhausted, disgruntled state won't enhance your chances of reaching your goals for the trip.

Plan your transportation properly, and you'll not only avoid snafus, you'll also breathe easier and likely be more productive, too.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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